KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has called on more civil servants to report on offer and receipt of bribes.
Community Education Division director Datuk Abdul Samat Kasah said by doing so it would not only curb corruption but would also boost the credibility of a government department or agency.
“The stigma of not wanting to report on corrupt activities should not exist anymore because those who report will be protected and their identities will be kept confidential.
“We want to elevate the status of civil servants as people who fight corruption and if this effort is well-received, those dealing in corrupt practices will be afraid to offer bribes, thus instilling integrity in the organisation.”
He said this after witnessing the signing of the Corruption-Free Pledge (IBR) by Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) led by its director-general Datuk Dr Jalaluddin Harun in Cheras today.
Touching on IBR, Abdul Samad said since its introduction last year until yesterday, over 1,000 organisations have made the pledge to ensure that individuals working in the organisations refrained from promoting and condoning to corrupt practices.
“Openness and accountability displayed by the leadership and staff in signing the IBR also attest that fighting and combating corruption is not the executive responsibility of MACC per se but is the collective duty and responsibility of all members of society,” he said. – BERNAMA